Millie's Trust was established by Joanne and Dan Thompson, following the tragic loss of their daughter Millie aged 9 months in a choking incident at nursery in October 2012.
Millie’s Trust raises awareness of paediatric first aid and provides free first aid courses to anyone responsible for a child under 12 months or is expecting. They also provide a 12-hour Paediatric course for nurseries to ensure more nursery staff becomes trained.
Following a successful petition started by Joe and Dan to change the current rules, which is that early years providers must have at least one paediatric first aider available on the premises at all times, the petition achieved over 106,000 signatories resulting in Jo and Dan attending a parliamentary debate in December 2014. As a result the pair succeeded in changing the law to get paediatric first aid kits in every ambulance and from September 2016 ALL Childcare Level 2 and Level 3 Qualifications MUST include Paediatric First Aid - a life-saving change that will add approximately 15,000 additional trained early year’s professionals to our nurseries and pre-schools each and every year. This is the first step towards ‘Millie’s Law’, where all nursery staff will eventually be trained in paediatric first aid.
This year will see the introduction of "Millie's Mark" which is will be a Mark of recognition that a nursery has 100% staff trained in Paediatric First Aid. They expect is that nurseries will be able to apply for Milles Mark from Summer this year.
Millie’s Trust has been recognised for their campaign via various awards. Last year Joanne Thompson won the Lorraine Inspiration Woman of the year award. Last year in July Joanne and Dan received a St John’s Ambulance Everyday Hero’s Award in recognition of the thier efforts in creating awareness in first aid in the community. Then they went onto win a The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Award back in September.
I am sure you will all agree that this is a fantastic charity whose work will ultimately save lives. Thank you for your time, your donations and support
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